Secret Memory Box #4 – Exposed & Hidden

This one has two components: the pinch-pot lid and the slab-built vase; the lid was made by with two pinch-pots fuzed into a sphere and cut when leather hard into the shape os a small basket; the vase is from a very thin slab, attached only with a little water and tapped gently at the … Continue reading Secret Memory Box #4 – Exposed & Hidden

Secret Memory Box #3 – Memories to Put Away

Slab built; starting with very wet and thin slabs, that slump into organic shapes; often done with leftover scraps of slabs from larger works, attached with a little slip; left to dry to leather-hard then the whole surface was rubbed with a damp sponge to smooth out seams and lift some of the grog to … Continue reading Secret Memory Box #3 – Memories to Put Away

Secret Memory Box #2 – The Box Project – Oubliette

Started with a ball of wet terracotta; three small balls were made at the same time for the feet; left to dry slowly under loose plastic until leather-hard; the top was cut straight off and the inside was hollowed both top and bottom; a lip was fashioned with the carve-out clay to hold the lid … Continue reading Secret Memory Box #2 – The Box Project – Oubliette

Secret Memory Box #1 – The Box Project – Glazed

It started with a pinch-pot; the bottom was tapped into a foot shape then scored for texture; when leather-hard, the lid was carved out and the handle attached and textured; after a little more drying, it was burnished; dried to bone dry and bisqued; the lid was stained with iron oxide, the sides doted with … Continue reading Secret Memory Box #1 – The Box Project – Glazed

Come get your hands dirty and have some fun at The Dorval Potters Guild!

Hello Pottery Enthusiasts! The Winter Semester of classes is just around the corner! Come get your hand dirty and have some fun at The Dorval Potters Guild! Registration for winter pottery classes will be taking place on Wednesday December 18th, from 6:30pm to 8pm, in our studio (room S014A) located in the basement of the Sarto … Continue reading Come get your hands dirty and have some fun at The Dorval Potters Guild!

Strange Lighthouse

Porcelain clay, hand-built slabs, tapped, carved. Bisqued without stains. I dipped the whole thing in clear glaze, then painted the stonework with a matte finish black glaze. The small window in the door has a blue crackle glaze in it, and I wasn't entirely sure it wouldn't drip down the door during firing. it was … Continue reading Strange Lighthouse

The Altar of The Face

Intended as a gift for someone who did some work for me. They had liked something similar I made sometime before and I thought they'd like this one too. Well, that's a lesson in... well, I frankly don't know. I didn't have the guts to ask them why they didn't like it. Perhaps the title … Continue reading The Altar of The Face

Waterfall

Terracotta clay, slab-hand-built, carved, folded, and taped. Bisqued without any stains or engobes. Then I used a variation of oxides and celadon glazes. I had hoped they would drip down and they did. The carved base only had some thin coats of iron oxide stains, but that also changed in the firing. I'm pretty sure … Continue reading Waterfall

Striations

The intention was to give the feel of something that may have formed naturally following the eruption of a volcano. For this, I used very unusual materials to colour the inner and outer surface. This one of those pieces that no school would allow me to make in their classes. Thank goodness I had the … Continue reading Striations

Languid Pools Trio

Stoneware, hand-built, folded and paddled, electric fired to Cone 6, glazed with a brushed on, brown pigment infused glossy clear glaze on the lower outside, dipped in a cobalt blue glaze on the upper part, and a blue-celadon crackle glaze on the inside. At first, I didn't like these, but I wasn't sure why, because … Continue reading Languid Pools Trio